April 2008 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive

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Town railway exhibition opens
AN EXHIBITION about Burnham-On-Sea's historic railway past has opened in the town's Tourist Information Office this week. This month marks the 150th anniversary of the extension of the Somerset Central Railway to Burnham-On-Sea jetty, which is explored at the exhibition. More...

£500k kids centre completed
Exclusive: CONSTRUCTION of a new £500,000 Children’s Centre in Burnham-On-Sea has this week been completed and the exciting facility is set to be officially handed over to the County Council this Friday, May 2nd. The centre will provide local support and advice for parents and carers of children under five. More...

New seafront shop opens
A BRAND new clothing and jewellery shop has opened on Burnham's seafront. Rose & Amber offers a range of products that are mostly ethically-sourced from fairtrade suppliers. The firm has a successful shop in Weston and felt Burnham would be right for its expansion. More...

Council backs homes objectors
BURNHAM-On-Sea Town Council's Planning Applications Committee gave its support to residents fighting a proposed new development of 69 homes on Tuesday evening (April 29th). Councillors unanimously voted in favour of objecting against the scheme. More...

Two injured in rush-hour crash
TWO people were cut free from their damaged cars after a serious accident on the A370 at Brent Knoll, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Tuesday morning (April 29th). Fire, police and ambulance crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were alerted at 8.10am after a two-vehicle road traffic collision on the junction with Edingworth Road. More...

£4,000 bicycle stolen in town
POLICE have this week appealed for witnesses and information after a valuable bicycle was stolen in Highbridge. At 3am on Thursday (April 24th) the pictured NORCO bicycle - which is believed to be worth £4,000 - was stolen from Elder Close in Highbridge. More...

Full cycle race route unveiled
THE full route of the South West Stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race was formally unveiled on Monday (April 28th), with Burnham-On-Sea set to be inundated by huge crowds as the finishing location. Burnham is the final destination of the September 9th race. More...

RNLI crew return from course
THREE volunteer crewmembers from Burnham lifeboat station have just returned from an inshore lifeboat training course in Dorset. The trio - Simon Hart, Helen Verrall, and Kate Davies - are visited the RNLI's training facilities in Poole to complete the course. More...

Warning over counterfeit notes
SHOPPERS and businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have been warned to look out for counterfeit £20 notes circulating in the town. The Chamber of Trade issued the warning on Monday (April 28th) after several town centre firms received the fake bank notes. A number of counterfeit £20 notes are in circulation. More...

New homes fight stepped up
OVER 70 angry Burnham-On-Sea residents crowded into Watchfield Village Hall on Monday evening (April 28th) as they stepped up their campaign to halt controversial plans for dozens of new homes in the town. Persimmon Homes has applied to build 69 homes. More...

Residents shocked over thefts
RESIDENTS of a quiet Burnham-On-Sea street have been left shocked by the theft of two vehicles from outside their homes in one night. Police are appealing for information from the public after thieves struck at Cookson Close, off Ben Travers Way, last Wednesday night, taking two cars. More...

100 people at Hinkley meeting
MORE than 100 people attended a community meeting to discuss a potential new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea. The meeting discussed British Energy's work on preparation for a new nuclear build, the process for site selection, and more about the proposals. More...

Panic buying hits petrol station
'PANIC buying' of petrol in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (April 27th) left a town centre petrol station without any unleaded fuel supplies - and other local stations struggling to keep up with demand. Motorists were being turned away from Burnham's Esso station in Love Lane. More...

Great day for St John cadets
YOUNG Charlotte Aldred and Lucy Westlake of the Highbridge and Burnham St John Ambulance Cadets had plenty to smile about on Saturday (April 26th) after winning the regional finals of a first competition. The pair won the St John South West Regional First Aid Competition. More...

A38 re-opens for unhappy traders
BUSINESSES in Highbridge are demanding compensation after four days of disruption caused by this week's fire at the former Highbridge Hotel cost them thousands of pounds in lost trade. The A38 in Highbridge finally re-opened on Saturday (April 26th) at 5pm, four days after it was closed due to a fire. More...

Tennis academy picks players
A TENNIS academy set up in memory of a young Burnham-On-Sea tennis player who died in a road accident last autumn is moving from strength to strength, having conducted a 'sift' for young players at the town's Avenue Tennis Club on Saturday (April 26th). More...

Sea safety day is a success
OVER 40 children from schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area got the opportunity to visit the town's marine rescue services during a special Young Persons' Coastal Day on Saturday (April 26th). Burnham's lifeboat, hovercraft and Coastguard stations opened for the day. More...

New shop to open in Burnham
A NEW charity shop is making final preparations to open in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre. Weston Hospicecare Limited has bought a shop at 29 College Street from estate agents Abbott and Frost. The property was previously occupied by The Wheatley Clinic. More...

Third blaze at Highbridge hotel
THESE were the scenes in Highbridge on Friday evening (April 25th) when Burnham-On-Sea fire crews tackled a third blaze at the badly-damaged former Highbridge Hotel. Two fire engines from Burnham were called back to the hotel at 6.41pm after the fire service received a report of smoke emerging. More...

Council boss visits BARB AGM
THE Chairman of Somerset County Council visited Burnham's hovercraft station on Friday (April 25th) to meet crewmembers and act as the special guest at the charity's Annual General Meeting. Alan Gloak and sister Gill received a tour of the BARB hovercraft station. More...

Fire: Town disruption ongoing
RESIDENTS and firms in Highbridge are set to suffer more disruption after the County Council announced on Friday (April 25th) that the A38 besides the fire-struck Highbridge Hotel will remain closed into next week. The closure has caused major disruption. More...

Man killed in fatal accident
A MAN was killed in an horrific road accident on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (April 24th). Emergency services were called to a single vehicle accident at Brent Knoll just before 5pm. Police spokesman Dan Mountain confirmed: "A motorist has been involved in a fatal accident." More...

Men rescued from trapped car
TWO men were led to safety by Coastguards on Thursday afternoon (April 24th) after their vehicle became the latest to become trapped on Brean's treacherous mudflats. Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Brean at 3.45pm after a Range Rover sank into the mud. More...

A38 closed as probe continues
THE A38 through Highbridge will remain closed today (Thursday April 24th) as police and fire investigators continue their probe into the huge blaze that badly damaged the former Highbridge Hotel. A huge fire swept through the property on Tuesday evening. More...

Foley Parkway to be completed
SOMERSET County Council has given the go-ahead for the final part of Burnham's controversial Frank Foley Parkway to be built. The long-awaited announcement, made on Wednesday (April 23rd), is the result of discussions between local councils and developers to put in the necessary steps and funding to complete the road. More...

Schools miss strike disruption
NO schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area are expected to be disrupted by a national teachers strike being held on Thursday (April 24th). The first teachers' strike for two decades is set to disrupt a third of schools across England, including 27 schools in Somerset. More...

Dozens join planting sessions
GREEN-fingered youngsters from across Burnham-On-Sea took part in a special wildflower planting session at Highbridge's Apex Park on Wednesday (April 23rd). The Friends of Apex Park Improvements Group has organised a series of planting sessions this week. More...

Lifeboat returns after re-fit
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Atlantic 75 lifeboat, the 'Staines Whitfield', has returned to the town after a five-month re-fit at the lifeboat repair centre on the Isle of Wight. During the upgrade work, the boat was stripped down to its component parts and the hull was resprayed. More...

Poet donates books to charity
A TALENTED member of Burnham-On-Sea Moose International Lodge 123 has presented two hundred specially-published books of his poetry to Devon and Somerset Air Ambulance. Priced at £3 each, Bill Jackman's books will help raise funds for the charity. More...

Police appeal after huge blaze
POLICE issued an appeal for witnesses on Wednesday (April 23rd) following the dramatic blaze which destroyed an historic former hotel in the centre of Highbridge on Tuesday. Although the fire was extinguished at midnight, the damage has been substantial. More...

Fire crews tackle silo blaze
BURNHAM
-On-Sea firefighters were back in action again on Wednesday afternoon (April 23rd) when they tackled a fire at this 60ft tall silo in Highbridge. Fire crews were called to Woodberry Bros and Haines after smoke was seen emerging from the structure. More...

Photos: Hotel fire probe starts
THESE were the scenes in the centre of Highbridge on Wednesday morning (April 23rd) after a devastating fire at the site of the former Highbridge Hotel on Tuesday night caused major disruption in the Burnham area. Roads were closed in Highbridge following the incident. More...

Huge fire at Highbridge hotel
A HUGE fire has broken out this evening (Tuesday April 22nd) at the site of the former Highbridge Hotel. Fire crews from across Somerset are attending the scene. Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea, one fire engine from Bridgwater and a Control Support Unit from Street were sent to the scene at 9.29pm. More...

New shopping guide launched
A NEW guide to the best of Burnham-On-Sea's new shops was officially unveiled at the annual general meeting of the town's Chamber Of Trade on Tuesday (April 22nd). The group launched the new-look, pocket-sized booklet that provides an A-Z guide to Burnham's shops. More...

Video: Hotel fire being tackled
THIS exclusive video provides footage of Somerset's fire crews tackling the huge blaze at the former Highbridge Hotel on Tuesday evening (April 22nd). The video includes moving images of the fire crews at work at the rear of the historic property in the centre of Highbridge. More...

Shock as councillor defects
HIGHBRIDGE district councillor Danny Titcombe has dramatically resigned from his party and quit as leader of Sedgemoor's Liberal Democrats in order to join the Conservative Party. Cllr Titcombe, who represents the Highbridge Ward, has crossed the floor to join the controlling Conservative Group. More...

Shop window winners unveiled
THE winners of Burnham-On-Sea's annual competition to find unusual items hidden in town centre shop windows were handed their prizes on Tuesday (April 22nd). Over 30 town centre businesses took part in the contest, attracting 150 people entries. More...

Winter parking charges U-turn
CONTROVERSIAL plans to introduce winter parking charges along Burnham-On-Sea seafront were dramatically thrown out on Monday (April 21st). Sedgemoor District Council's proposals for all-year-round parking charges along The Esplanade were overturned at a special meeting in the town on Monday afternoon. More...

Kids' sunflower contest begins
A COMPETITION which challenges children in the Burnham-On-Sea area to grow the 'fattest sunflower face' has been launched at a garden centre near the town this week. Sanders GardenWorld is one of several Wyevale Garden Centres taking part across the UK. More...

£8,000 of market goods seized
Exclusive: THE suspected counterfeit clothing seized during last week's swoop by Trading Standards bosses at Highbridge market had a street value of £8,000, it was confirmed on Monday (April 21st). We exclusively reported how police had seized the clothing. More...

Town council's meeting invite
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council is to hold its 35th annual town meeting later this month when the public will be able to quiz councillors about problems in the two towns. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 30th April at 7pm in the Old Courthouse. More...

Police probe suspicious boat fire
POLICE and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Highbridge on Sunday afternoon (April 20th) after a fire broke onboard a moored boat. Two fire crews from Burnham and a Fire Incident Support Unit were sent to the scene at around 4.45pm, besides the River Brue, as pictured here. More...

Town art exhibition opens
THIS stunning digital image of Burnham-On-Sea Pier is one of the many local artworks on display at an exhibition that opens on Monday (April 21st). Burnham-On-Sea.com was given a preview of the show, which runs for three weeks in Sea Breeze Art Gallery. More...

Crowds enjoy autograss races
LARGE crowds flocked to Edithmead, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Sunday (April 20th) to watch a series of action-packed National Autograss races. The mud was flying as dozens of cars hurtled around the grass track besides the Somerset Rebels' speedway arena. More... | Video

GMTV presenter hands award to Jean
A GRANDMOTHER from Brent Knoll, near Burnham, has been named one of the UK's 'Grandparents of The Year' at a London awards ceremony. Daughter Gaye nominated Jean Daffin to thank her for all her help in caring for Jordan, who suffers from celebral palsy. More...

Fire crews tackle town blaze
THESE were the scenes in Highbridge on Saturday afternoon (April 19th) when Burnham-On-Sea firefighters tackled a blaze in a derelict hotel. Two fire crews from Burnham rushed to the site of the former Highbridge Hotel after smoke was seen coming out of the building at just before 2pm. More...

Public toilets sale is delayed
THE controversial sale of a block of public toilets in Burnham-On-Sea has been delayed after a lack of interest from potential bidders. Burnham-On-Sea.com revealed in March that Sedgemoor District Council had begun inviting bids from firms interested in buying the Sea View Road building. More...

£3,000 raised by 'supergran'
A 65-year-old Burnham grandmother who pulled on her running shoes to compete in this year's London Marathon raised a whopping £3,000 for charity. 'Supergran' Ann Rogers was backed by running partner Julie, friends and colleagues at Burnham shoe shop Shickles. More...

Burnham shop jumps online
ONE of Burnham-On-Sea's popular high street shops has become the latest to embrace the internet by starting its own virtual store. Clothes store DP Menswear, which opened two years ago, has this week launched a new website to meet growing demand. More...

Stranded fire engine pulled to safety
THREE tractors were called to help rescue a stranded fire engine on Berrow Beach, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Thursday evening (April 17th) after it became trapped in soft sand. Burnham rescue charity BARB was called to help free the vehicle after its wheels sank into sand near the top of the beach. More...

Reed beds fire extinguished
THESE were the scenes at Berrow on Thursday evening (April 17th) after Burnham-On-Sea fire-fighters tackled a big blaze in the reeds besides the beach. A large area of land was left damaged, as pictured here, after the fire broke out at around 4.30pm near Berrow Church. More...

Two new PCSOs for Burnham
TWO extra Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will be going on the beat in Burnham-On-Sea after it was announced that Sedgemoor District Council and Somerset County Council would be investing £535,595 to fund nineteen new PCSOs across the county. More...

Success for high-kicking kids
HIGH-kicking students from Burnham-On-Sea's Kenpo Karate Club proudly show off their yellow belts after successfully completing a series of grading test. They achieved the first step on the martial arts ladder by attaining their yellow belt gradings in front of their instructor. More...

Trophies galore for anglers
OVER 40 trophies were handed out to members of Burnham Boat Owners Sea Angling Association on Thursday (April 17th) when the group held its annual meeting. The group's 100 members gathered at the town's Avenue Tennis Club for the annual get-together. More...

Property boss in the firing line
OVER 80 angry Burnham-On-Sea residents grilled bosses from one of the UK's leading property developers on Wednesday night (April 16th) as they stepped up their campaign to halt controversial plans to build dozens of new homes on land to the west of Lawrence Close. More...

Burnham yachtsman celebrates
BURNHAM-On-Sea yachtsman Mark Preedy was celebrating in California on Wednesday (April 16th) after winning a closely-contested leg of the Round The World Yacht Race. Burnham-On-Sea.com has closely followed Mark's progress skippering the yacht 'Uniquely Singapore' on the 35,000 mile race. More...

Railway author to visit Burnham
A RAILWAY enthusiast-turned-author will be visiting Burnham-On-Sea next month to sign copies of his new book. Alan Hammond will be signing copies of 'Heyday of the Somerset & Dorset Railway' at the Tourist Information Centre on Burnham's Esplanade on Saturday May 3rd from 9.30am to 1pm. More...

Counterfeit goods seized in town
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police and Trading Standards bosses have this week seized thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit goods in Highbridge. Police took away a large quantity of counterfeit clothes that had been on sale at Highbridge Market, as shown in these exclusive photos. More...

New seaview restaurant opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Deputy Mayor officially opened a new restuarant on the town's seafront on Tuesday evening (April 15th). Cllr Neville Jones and wife Margo were joined by over 50 guests at the opening of The Clarence Hotel's new-look restaurant. More...

'I saw Stert bomb 40 years ago'
JUST days after a World War II bomb was safely detonated on Stert Island, a former Burnham-On-Sea resident has been recounting how he used to walk out across the mudflats to see the bomb over 40 years ago. Terry Temlett has a photo of the Stert Island bomb in 1968. More...

Marathon effort from Iain!
A FATHER-of-two from Burnham-On-Sea who ran the London Marathon dressed as a banana on Sunday (April 13th) successfully completed the event in aid of Weston Hospicecare and the Leukaemia Research Trust. The 40-year-old completed it in four and a half hours . More...

MP hears residents' concerns
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory has met with residents of a sheltered accommodation complex in the town to discuss their security and staffing concerns. The meeting was arranged at Elizabeth Court, a complex consisting of over 40 flats which provide sheltered accommodation to elderly and disabled residents. More...

Funding boost for Stert Swim
BURNHAM-On-Sea town council looks set to help fund the annual Stert Island Swim, which this year will be run by a local athletics group. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported in February how West Country Tri-Athletes had agreed to take over the popular summer event. More...

Taxi fares increase in Burnham
TAXI fares in Burnham-On-Sea and other parts of the district are being increased this month. Sedgemoor District Council's licensing committee has unanimously backed the price increase to help struggling taxi firms cope with the soaring cost of petrol and diesel prices. More...

Police probe suspicious crash
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea are appealing for witnesses after a car crashed into a fence and was then left abandoned in the early hours of Sunday (April 13th). Local residents reported the incident to police after finding a fence at the entrance to the town's Manor Gardens had been damaged, as pictured here. More...

New shop guide set to launch
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new shopping guide will be launched at the annual general meeting of the town's Chamber Of Trade later this month. The group is putting the finishing touches to a new version of the pocket-sized booklet, which provides a guide to Burnham's shops. More...

Rescuers pull ambulance free
RESCUERS in Burnham-On-Sea came to the aid of an ambulance crew on Sunday (April 13th) when their vehicle became stuck in soft sand on the town's beach. Burnham-based rescue charity BARB was alerted at 1.30pm after the Wessex Ambulance sank into the deep sand. More...

Cllr praised over swim role
THE congregation of a Burnham-On-Sea Church broke out into applause during a service on Sunday (April 13th) for a councillor who played a vital role in saving the town's swimming pool from closure. St Andrew's Church thanked Deputy Mayor Cllr Neville Jones. More...

Busy weekend for RNLI crew
BURNHAM lifeboat station had a busy weekend, carrying out seven launches between Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon while liaising with Coastguards, BARB and the Navy Bomb Squad to help render safe a 750 kg World War II parachute mine on Stert Island. More...

Photo Club website launches
THIS stunning close-up image of a bumble bee won the monthly photography competition organised by Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Photography Club. The image and runners-up can be seen on the club's brand new website, hosted on Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Big turnout for Aquathon
OVER 120 athletes from across the West Country competed in the annual Burnham-On-Sea Aquathon on Sunday (April 13th). The grueling event took place in took place in glorious sunshine and featured a 1000 metre swim in Burnham's pool followed by a 10km run from Burnham to Berrow and back. More...

Stert bomb is detonated
A HUGE 700kg World War II bomb was successfully exploded by a Royal Navy bomb disposal team on Stert Island on Saturday morning (April 12th). Technical problems had led to the planned detonation of the bomb being postponed last night, but Burnham's hovercraft crew flew members of the Navy team out to Stert at first light on Saturday. More...

Video: Watch the explosion
Sat 1.15pm: OUR exclusive online video shows the Royal Navy bomb disposal team explode the bomb on Saturday; at work on Stert Island on Friday; and arriving in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday when they travelled to the island onboard The Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft. More...

Injured child airlifted
THESE were the scenes on Burnham-On-Sea jetty on Saturday morning (April 12th) when a young child had to be airlifted to hospital. The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance was called to the jetty at 9.20am after a 14-month boy was understood to have been scalded. More...

MP visits emergency crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has visited the town's emergency services as they dealt with a huge wartime bomb found on Stert Island. David Heathcoat-Amory met the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team and the crew of the Burnham Hovercraft, operated by local charity BARB. More...

Bomb detonation set for noon
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft flew members of the Royal Navy bomb disposal team out to the site of a huge World War II bomb on Stert Island early on Saturday morning (April 12th) as plans for a mid-day detonation were put into place. Technical problems led to the planned detonation of the 700kg bomb on Friday evening being postponed. More...

Bomb detonation postponed
TECHNICAL problems led to the planned detonation of a huge 700kg World War II bomb on Stert Island being postponed on Friday evening (April 11th). Large crowds lined the seafront at Burnham to watch the Royal Navy's bomb disposal team, pictured above, make the 700kg object safe at 8pm. More...

Car destroyed in town blaze
Photo Exclusive: THIS was the dramatic scene in the centre of Highbridge on Friday afternoon (April 11th) as Burnham-On-Sea fire crews dealt with a serious car fire. The fire service was mobilised to a report of a blaze at Bank Street Car Park at 3.54pm. More...

MP praises new pool bosses
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP met the new bosses of the town's swimming pool on Friday (April 11th) and said he was "totally delighted" they are taking it over. We reported on Tuesday how Sara-Jane Cox and her husband Mark Conklin had been named the new lease holders. More...

Lifeboats launched in bomb probe
TWO Burnham-On-Sea RNLI lifeboats have joined the operation to help the Royal Navy's bomb disposal team make safe a 700kg World War II bomb on Stert Island. The lifeboats launched from Burnham beach at just before 2pm on Friday (April 11th) to take personnel from the Navy team to Stert. More...

First photo of Stert bomb
Exclusive: THIS photo shows the 700kg German World War II bomb that caused a major alert in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (April 10th). A Royal Navy bomb disposal team from Plymouth is due to safely detonate the object later today (Friday) being spotted by a fisherman. More...

Bomb found on Stert Island
A 700Kg German World War II bomb caused a major alert in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (April 10th). A bomb squad team from Plymouth was called to the town after a suspicious object was found in the mud by a fisherman on the southern end of Stert Island. More...

Teenager injured in car crash
A TEENAGE girl was rushed to Bristol Children's Hospital on Wednesday evening (April 10th) after a car in which she was a passenger left the road and ended up in a ditch at Watchfield, near Highbridge. Fire and police were called to reports of a child being trapped in a ditch. More...

Residents fill protest meeting
OVER eighty Burnham-On-Sea residents filled a town centre hall on Wednesday evening (April 9th) to air their opposition to controversial plans for 75 new homes. Burnham-On-Sea.com exclusively reported this week how Persimmon Homes had applied for full permission. More...

Charity's 'disgust' over cull
A WILDLIFE charity based near Burnham-On-Sea has this week spoken of its 'disgust' after a decision by the Welsh Assembly to go ahead with a pilot of pro-active badger culling as part of their bovine TB control in cattle. Secret World Wildlife Rescue is angry. More...

Power cut hits 4,000 homes
OVER 4,000 homes were briefly without power in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Wednesday afternoon (April 9th) after an accident on the building site pictured here. Western Power Distribution said workers at a building site near Apex Drive had accidentally cut through a power supply, affecting supplies to 4,100 properties in Burnham and Highbridge. More...

Man held after shop damaged
A MAN has been arrested in Burnham-On-Sea this week following a street brawl that left a shop facing hundreds of pounds of repairs. Police officers were called to the High Street at 6.45pm on Monday (April 7th) amid reports of a fight. They found windows smashed. More...

Pool celebrations continue
CHAMPAGNE bottles were cracked open in Burnham on Tuesday evening (April 8th) as councillors led the celebrations to mark the announcement of new bosses for the town's swimming pool. Over 250 residents crowded into the Princess Hall to hear the new plans for improvement. More...

Burnham pool's future saved
DELIGHTED campaigners fighting to save Burnham-On-Sea's closure-threatened swimming pool are celebrating today after the district council announced on Tuesday (April 8th) that it had found new owners to take it over. Triathlon champion Sara-Jane Cox and her husband Mark Conklin have been named as the new lease holders. More...

Winter parking fees attacked
THE proposed introduction of winter car parking fees along Burnham seafront has been criticised by a group of boat owners this week. Burnham Boat Owners Association is unhappy with Sedgemoor District Council's decision to introduce year-round car parking fees. More...

Video: Pool press conference
THIS exclusive online video provides the main presentations during Tuesday lunchtime's press conference to formally introduce the new bosses of Burnham-On-Sea swimming pool. Video includes comments from new bosses Sara-Jane Cox and Mark Conklin. More...

Meet the pool's new bosses...
TRIATHLON champion Sara-Jane Cox and her husband Mark Conklin (pictured) have been named as the new lease holders of Burnham swimming pool, ending months of uncertainty about the facility's future. Sara is the daughter of local hoteliers David and Ann Cox. More...

MP's concern over flood zones
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory expressed his "concerns" on Monday (April 7th) at plans by the Environment Agency to change flood zones in the town. Mr Heathcoat-Amory has written to the Environment Agency asking for an explanation. More...

Council signs up to charter
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is set to work closer together with Sedgemoor District Council following the signing of an official charter on Monday evening (April 7th). Town Mayor Pauline Pollard signed the 'Sedgemoor Charter' at the beginning of the monthly council meeting. More...

Hopes high on pool's big day
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save Burnham-On-Sea's closure-threatened swimming pool are set to hear on Tuesday (April 8th) whether new owners have been found to take it over. Hopes are high that a new owner has been found to take over the facility after Sedgemoor District Council recently confirmed a bidder is interested in taking over the pool. More...

New look for closed shelters
BOARDED-up shelters on Burnham seafront have been painted green in an attempt to make them blend in more with the scenery around them. Council workmen were called out to do the job after complaints about the appearance of the two shelters at Marine Cove gardens. More...

75 new homes spark protest
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to build 75 new homes on a patch of open space in Burnham-On-Sea have sparked a protest by nearby residents. Persimmon Homes has applied for full planning permission to construct 75 dwellings on land to the west of Lawrence Close and north of Wallace Wells Road. More...

April snow arrives in Burnham
Photo special: BURNHAM-On-Sea received an unseasonal dusting of snow in the early hours of Sunday morning (April 6th). Residents woke up to these scenes in the Burnham area, with wintry scenes on Brent Knoll (above) and other parts of the town, including Apex Park. More...

Old time music celebrated!
OVER 140 people filled Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall on Saturday (April 5th) for a special night of traditional music and entertainment organised by Burnahm and District Lions Club. The Old Time Music Hall show was held to raise funds for local and Lions charities. More...

Family rescued from mudflats
THREE people were rescued at Brean on Saturday afternoon (April 5th) after a high-performance vehicle became trapped on the mudflats. A team of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and crewmen from Burnham's Spririt Of Lelaina hovercraft were called to the scene, next to Brean Down, at 2.20pm after a man and two children - aged nine and six - became trapped. More...

Drama at town boat crane-in
THE start of Burnham-On-Sea's new sailing season didn't quite go to plan on Saturday (April 5th) when one of the boats being craned into the River Brue started to take on water and sink. Burnham Sailing Club's annual 'crane-in' is arranged every year at this time. More...

Lighting safety checks begin
WORK to test the safety of street lighting columns along Burnham seafront began on Friday (April 4th), a fortnight after strong winds sent one column crashing down onto a pavement. Somerset County Council is using a specialised vehicle to assess the strength of 46 lighting columns along The Esplanade. More...

Holiday fun at sports centre
A BUSY fortnight of activities has been lined up at Highbridge's King Alfred Sports Centre during the school holidays from April 7th-18th. The centre has organised a wide range of activities to keep youngsters aged between 5-14 busy and entertained during the holidays. More...

Concerns over 24 new homes
Exclusive: COUNCILLORS in Burnham have this week expressed concern about plans to build a new housing estate of 24 homes in the town. Burnham-On-Sea.com revealed last month how house builder Persimmon has applied for full planning permission to build the properties on land besides 63 Links Gardens. More...

Hovercraft visit for youth club
YOUNGSTERS and staff from Highbridge Youth Club got a chance to see Burnham's two rescue hovercrafts up close on Friday (April 4th) when they visited the seafront headquarters of BARB. Twenty people were given a guided tour of the Spirit Of Lelaina and Light Of Elizabeth. More...

Cycle race confirmed for town
BURNHAM-On-Sea was officially named as the finishing location for the South West Stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race on Thursday (April 3rd). Burnham-On-Sea.com exclusively reported in February that our town would be chosen as the final destination for the race on September 9th - and organisers confirmed the story on Thursday (April 3rd). More...

Motorist calls for ticket rethink
A BURNHAM-On-Sea motorist has called on the district council to rethink the design of car parking tickets sold at a seafront car park after he received a fine earlier this week. Tickets sold from machines at the Pier Street car park do not have sticky, adhesive backings. More...

Hinkley plans to be discussed
BRITISH Energy, the owner and operator of Hinkley Point B nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea, is to hold a public meeting later this month to discuss potential plans for a new nuclear power plant. The special meeting will be held in Cannington on April 23rd. More...

Awards handed to Coastguards
TWO Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards who are standing down after a combined 14 years of life-saving have been presented with long service awards this week. Ian Stephens and George Tuttiett were handed tankards by Sector Manager Tristam Newey and Station Officer Steve Bird. More...

MP hits out at expense abuse
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory has this week criticised fellow MPs who claim expenses for 'capital household items' and items up to £250 without receipts. Mr Heathcoat-Amory spoke out this week after being asked about his expense claims. More...

Boat owners in jetty protest
Exclusive: ANGRY boat owners in Burnham-On-Sea are set to lobby local councillors over the rising cost of buying permits to launch their boats from the town's crumbling jetty. They are unhappy with Sedgemoor District Council's decision to hike up the annual charge for using Burnham jetty, even though the structure has been half-closed since last summer. More...

Wildlife rescuers release birds
SEVERAL wild birds which were injured when they became coated in oil after a spill along a mile-long stretch of stream in Mark, near Burnham, were released back into the wild on Wednesday morning (April 2nd). All the birds were released successfully onto the waterways. More...

Steam display attracts crowds
VISITORS flocked to a display of vintage steam engines in Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend. Sedgemoor Vintage Club displayed a number of colourful engines outside Western Steam Model Engineers in Love Lane to give residents a small taster of its upcoming summer festival. More...

Residents fight homes plan
Exclusive: ANGRY residents in Burnham-On-Sea handed a petition to town councillors on Monday night (March 31st) in opposition to plans to build two new homes. Residents are fighting plans to create two new homes on land adjacent to 9 Winchester Road. A petition signed by 40 people was presented to the council. More...

Coastguards find missing lady
COASTGUARDS from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Brean in the eary hours of Tuesday (April 1st) to search for a woman who had been spotted in the sea. They were called out at 4am to find the young 18-year-old, who was found in a distressed state near the Seagull Inn. More...

£2m fountain for Stert Island?
EXCITING plans to create a huge new £2million water fountain on Stert Island to bring "thousands" of extra tourists to Burnham-On-Sea are set to be unveiled on Tuesday (April 1st). The eye-catching feature is the brainchild of a Russian entrepreneur and architect. More...

Iain's ready for big race day!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man will be among the thousands of runners taking part in this month's London Marathon in aid of a Weston-based charity. Iain Turner from Burnham-On-Sea will be running the famous 26 mile road race in aid of Weston Hospicecare on April 13th. More...

Child injured in three-car crash
A CHILD was rushed to hospital with whiplash injuries following a three-car accident on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Monday afternoon (March 31st). Two lanes of the southbound carriageway were closed to traffic after the accident at 2.05pm, which was close to the entry slip for junction 22. More...

Pubs pass underage drinking test
AN UNDERCOVER operation carried out by Trading Standards officers and police in Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend has found pubs in the town centre are not willing to break the law by selling alcohol to under-age drinkers. An operation on Friday saw two volunteer teenagers try to illegally buy drinks. More...

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